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My cousin who I babysit her kids everyday wants me to take her kids to the circus. I don't know what to tell her. I told her I don't really support that but at sametime feel bad because her kids really wanna go and they never been there before.<br><br>
What would you do or say? Please help. Thanks
 

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You could advise her to check out circuses.com and see if she still wants them to go. I don't know if that would work, but it's worth a try!
 

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I vote take them herself.<br><br><br><br>
If you're ok with it, then go. If you're not, then don't. I'd say it's up to how you feel about them.
 

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Or compromise by finding a non-animal circus. There a quite a lot of them around.
 

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Thanks. Its just I don't support it at all. I've been to one before as a kid myself but that was way before I knew truth behind it.<br><br>
She tells me she has to work and has no one else to take them. My family ignores the fact of what really goes on there and also doesn't support veganism at all.
 

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I would think if you are against it, it's not a good idea. Unless you compromise by just dropping them off, but I'm guessing that isn't a good idea either.<br><br><br><br>
Could you suggest another event that maybe you and the children would enjoy. Probably hard because your non supportive family might get upset for you "forcing" your viewpoints on them etc.
 

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She already bought the tickets so she's not gonna back out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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You would not be "forcing" your ideas on anyone by not supporting something with which you disagree. When did it somehow become your responsibility to entertain these kids anyway? You are doing your cousin a favor no matter what activity you choose to do... it's not your fault she doesn't have a lot of free time to devote to her kids. Ultimately it's your decision and they don't have any right to criticize.
 

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She bought the tickets without asking you if you wanted to do it or not? Tha'ts a tad rude isn't it?
 

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No she bought it on her own time then said she has to work and if I could take them.<br><br>
Guess your right tho, it isn't my job to entertain them. And I wish she would have asked me first before buying the tickets but maybe she didn't know she had to work.<br><br>
Its bad enough she gives me food to cook for them that isn't veg at all and she never asked how I felt about it. My family just don't care. I love the kids so that's why a try to deal with it and there famliy so can't be rude right?
 

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You could take them to the circus, then instead of participating, stand outside with the kids and hand out PETA literature to those attending. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
Seriously, I wouldn't go. I think circuses that use animals are sick. Tell her that frankly, you're shocked that she isn't enlightened enough to realize that a circus is no a fit place for anyone, especially children.
 

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I assume this is obvious, but double check and make sure the circus does use animals. Some don't. If she just said "the circus" and you assumed elephants, tigers, etc., do some research before saying no.<br><br><br><br>
If they DO use animals, I wouldn't take the kids.
 

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"You would not be "forcing" your ideas on anyone by not supporting something with which you disagree."<br><br><br><br>
I agree , but it might come across that way to someone.<br><br><br><br>
Reading further down, it sounds like you are very accomodating and they need a leason on respecting your viewpoints. Already bought the tickets, hmmm..
 

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It's nice enough that you babysit everyday for her.. you shouldn't have to drag the kids all over town on top of that.
 

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I think it's pretty rude of her to have bought the tickets without asking you first. If she meant to take the kids herself, she should have made sure she had the time off before she bought the tickets.<br><br><br><br>
Like Medesha said, make sure it's a circus that doesn't have animals before you agree to going. If it does have animals, tell her no. Be sure to tell her why.
 

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Is there anyone in your family who would be more comfortable taking the kids than you are? I personally wouldn't take my niece to an animal circus, even if her parents wanted me to. If the tickets had already been purchased, I'd see if another family member would go instead.
 

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I would refuse to take them and if she gets upset explain to her that you would never dream of asking her to do something that she considers unethical and you would appreicate it if she would do the same.
 

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Since she didn't ask ahead of time it's perfectly ok for you to say no. You need to decide which is more important...your aversion to the circus or whether or not your cousin will be mad at you. Either way, it's your decision and you should feel perfectly justified to say no if that's how you really feel.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Medesha</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I assume this is obvious, but double check and make sure the circus does use animals. Some don't. If she just said "the circus" and you assumed elephants, tigers, etc., do some research before saying no.<br><br><br><br>
If they DO use animals, I wouldn't take the kids.</div>
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Agreed.<br><br>
Or you could sit there throughout the whole show whispering in the kids ears about how awful the animals must feel. Then when they leave youve got yourself some veg*n recruits =p
 

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I would go and use this opportunity to explain to the children how unnatural it is for the animals to do their degrading and humiliating tricks. Show them pictures of these animals in the wild, and explain to them how sad it is for them to be locked up in cages.<br><br><br><br>
Explain to them the cruelty involved in the training of these animals. That they only do their tricks out of fear and because they are forced to do them and accept in order to avoid punishment and pain.<br><br><br><br>
You're probably the only person who will ever tell them this. Try and explain it to them in their terms. Use parallels so that they can understand how THEY would feel if they were the animals.<br><br><br><br>
I think it's a GREAT opportunity for educating these kids.
 
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